TDCJ Chaplaincy Mentor Training

Objectives

Contraband

Manipulation

Defense for Manipulation

Dangerous Attitudes 1

Dangerous Attitudes 2

Guidelines

Keys to Success

TDCJ Policy

Summary

Manipulation

Volunteers can expect to have offenders attempt to manipulate them.

Manipulation is defined as attempting “To manage or control artfully or by shrewd use of influence, often in an unfair or fraudulent way”

Offenders live in a deprived environment and engage in manipulation for a number of reasons, including:
  • To make themselves more comfortable
  • People are objects to be used to obtain what they want
  • They gain power and respect in the eyes of other offenders
  • It’s what they did before coming to prison
  • It's a game or means of entertainment
Experienced volunteers are not subjected to attempts at manipulation.
True
False
 

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